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Saxenda Weight Loss Pen
Saxenda is an injectable weight loss aid which is often prescribed when other weight loss efforts have been ineffective. It is only available on prescription in the UK.
Each pen is prefilled with 6mg/ml liraglutide - the same active ingredient found in other weight loss injection pens such as the Skinny Jab.
We provide confidential follow-up and advice to all patients on their weight loss journey.
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What is the Saxenda weight loss injection pen?
Saxenda is a weight loss injection that helps adults and children with issues surrounding obesity. It is suitable for the following groups:
- Adults who have a BMI of over 27 and have weight-related health conditions. (e.g. high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol)
- Adults who have a BMI of over 30 (this is the boundary for obesity)
- Children who are aged 12-17 and have a weight of over 60kg or 132 pounds
Your BMI takes into account your height and weight and is a good indication of whether you are the right weight, overweight or underweight. If you think that you are overweight or obese and would like to try Saxenda, one of our consultants is on hand to discuss this weight loss medication with you.
You should use Saxenda at the same time as consuming a reduced-calorie diet and increasing your physical activity.
For more information, take a look at our ‘What is Saxenda’ page.
How does Saxenda work?
Saxenda (liraglutide 6mg/ml) is a self-injectable weight loss treatment. It contains the active ingredient liraglutide which is very similar to a naturally occurring hormone in your body called GLP-1.
After a meal GLP-1 is naturally released from your intestines to help regulate your blood sugar levels and reduce the amount of glucagon in your body. Glucagon is a naturally occurring hormone that works by inhibiting the action of insulin. As a result, it makes you feel less hungry, slows down the emptying of your stomach and makes you feel 'fuller' for longer.
How long does Saxenda take to work?
Most people who take Saxenda use it long-term - usually for at least a few months. However, you should start to see some noticeable improvements after a few weeks of taking Saxenda.
There is no strict rule for when to take Saxenda, but it is recommended to take it at the same time each day.
Saxenda and alcohol
To see the best results and to limit the chance of side effects, try to avoid alcohol while taking Saxenda. Alcohol does not directly interact with the medicine, but it can increase the risk of low blood sugar. If you do drink, make sure that you eat at the same time and do so in moderation.
Saxenda weight loss reviews
Saxenda injection reviews are generally positive. Most people notice a change relatively quickly - much more so than if they were just making lifestyle changes.
However, quite a few reviewers do report mild nausea, which is a common and usually mild side effect. Most people who have reported this side effect state that it passes after a short period.
In a 56 week study conducted by the company responsible for the production of Saxenda, 3731 patients of varying backgrounds took part. Of these patients, 3 out of 5 people lost 12 lb (5.4 kg), 1 out of 3 lost 23 lb (10.4 kg), and 6% of participants achieved weight loss of 47 lb (21.3 kg) or more.
For more information, take a look at Cloud Pharmacy’s dedicated Saxenda reviews page.
How much does Saxenda cost?
Saxenda comes in a 3ml pre-filled injection pen with costs starting from £59 per pen. You have the choice of buying between one and five pens. When you first start Saxenda, a single pen will last 17 days.
Most people who take Saxenda have one dose a day. At first, you will take a lower dose and gradually increase. The dosing schedule below should be followed for safe use.
How many doses in Saxenda pen?
One Saxenda pen holds 3ml (18mg) of Liraglutide. If you’re wondering how long one Saxenda pen lasts for, it varies. When you start your treatment, you will have around 17 days worth of doses in one pen.
When your dosage increases as advised by the dosing schedule, you will use a pen more quickly - many people start taking 3mg of Saxenda after a while. At this point, you will use a pen in 6 days.
How to take Saxenda
Saxenda comes in a 3ml pre-filled injection pen. The pen contains a clear and colourless or almost colourless solution.
All pens are supplied with the right quantity of needles you require for injecting. You will need to store your Saxenda pre-filled pen in a refrigerator (2°C to 8°C) before your first use. Once you start using the pen, you can keep it for 1 month either at room temperature (2 to 30°C) or in a refrigerator (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze.
When you take Saxenda you need to gradually increase your dose in 0.6mg intervals, until you reach what is called the maintenance dose at 3mg daily. This is the dose at which you will continue to take Saxenda. You increase your dose as follows:
- Week 1 – 0.6mg as a once-daily injection
- Week 2 – 1.2mg as a once-daily injection
- Week 3 – 1.8mg as a once-daily injection
- Week 4 – 2.4mg as a once-daily injection
- Week 5 onwards – maintenance dose of 3.0mg as a once-daily injection
Increasing the dose slowly over time should minimise any unwanted side effects, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. As you increase your dose, if you find that you cannot tolerate your side effects, you should stay on the same dose for 2 continuous weeks.
If after 2 weeks your side effects are still not tolerable, you should consider stopping treatment.
The maximum recommended daily dosage of liraglutide is 3.0mg. Try to take it at the same time each day, picking a time that works for you, with or without food or drink.
You must continue with your new diet and exercise regime while you are taking Saxenda.
Always use Saxenda exactly how your prescriber has told you. Check with your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse if you are unsure.
When you first start Saxenda, a single pen will last 17 days and the first full pack of five pens will last six weeks. Once you have achieved the maintenance dose, a pack of five pens will last 30 days.
Please watch the video on how to administer Saxenda for more information.
Where do I inject Saxenda?
- Saxenda is administered once daily.
- Inject your dose of Saxenda under the skin (subcutaneous injection) in your stomach area (abdomen), upper leg (thigh), or upper arm. It is also recommended that you alternate the site at which the injection is made.
Do not inject into a vein or muscle.
- Pinch the skin and push the needle all the way into the skin at a 90º angle
- Let go of the pinched skin. Inject the Saxenda and leave the syringe in place while you count slowly to 6 to make sure the full dose is delivered
- If the disposable needle found at the tip of one of your Saxenda pens bends out of shape whilst you are trying to use the pen, you should discard the needle and use a new one
- Never share your Saxenda pen or needles with another person. You may give an infection to them, or get an infection from them
How to store Saxenda
Store Saxenda in a refrigerator before using it for the first time. After your initial use, you can store the medication either at room temperature or in your refrigerator. Keep it protected from heat and sunlight.
Needle disposal (Needle Bin)
Every time you use Saxenda, you must use a needle. After each dose, the needle CANNOT be reused and must be disposed of appropriately using the sharps bin that is provided with the treatment.
If your sharps bin is full, you must dispose of it appropriately. Each county across the UK works differently, some areas allow you to dispose of needles at your local surgery, some at your pharmacy and others require you to contact your local council for a collection.
Further information can be found on the NHS website on "How Should I Dispose of Used Needles or Sharps"
Every council website will have information about how to dispose of your sharps bin, you can find your local council website by visiting the Find Your Local Council page on the UK government website.
If you are struggling to find somewhere in your local area to dispose of your sharps bin, please send us an email to [email protected] with the subject line "Local Sharps Bin Disposal" including your name address, contact telephone number and order number, and a member of our team will get in touch to tell you where to go in your area.
Under no circumstances (unless your locality has instructed you to do so) should your full sharps bin be disposed of with the rest of your household waste or in public/private bins.
Saxenda side effects
As with most medications, there are a few side effects that you should consider when taking Saxenda. Most of these potential side effects are mild with many people who take Saxenda not experiencing any side effects at all.
Common and mild side effects of Saxenda
- Nausea (probably the most common), which should weaken as you continue the course of Saxenda
If you experience diarrhoea or vomiting persistently, you may become dehydrated. Make sure that you are drinking as many fluids as possible to combat this. Contact your doctor if you experience dehydration symptoms that are not relieved by water. Dehydration symptoms include dry mouth, unusual thirst, lightheadedness, and headaches.
Serious side effects to Saxenda
- Change in the colour or amount of urine (this can indicate kidney problems)
- Fast or irregular heartbeats
- Unusual and dramatic changes in your mood
- Yellow eyes or skin (this can indicate liver issues)
- Sweating, blurred vision, tingling, shaking, or dizziness - these are signs of low blood sugar
If you experience these, seek medical attention immediately. Go to A&E or call 999 if you experience persistent nausea or vomiting and severe stomach pain. These symptoms indicate pancreatitis or gallbladder disease.
You are unlikely to have an allergic reaction while taking Saxenda. However, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of an allergic reaction. If you experience itching or swelling around the face, difficulty breathing, severe dizziness or an unexplained rash, seek medical help immediately.
Precautions when taking Saxenda
Saxenda contains liraglutide. Do not take Saxenda if you have a known allergy to liraglutide. If you are allergic to any other medication, make sure that your doctor knows, as there may be inactive ingredients in Saxenda that make it unsuitable for your consumption.
If you have or have experienced the following conditions, make sure that you consult a doctor before trying Saxenda:
- Depression or other mental disorders
- Gastroparesis or other stomach or intestinal disorders
- Kidney disease
- Liver conditions
- Diabetes - your doctor may still advise that you take Saxenda, but you will need to regularly check your blood sugar and consult your doctor. You also shouldn’t take Saxenda with some diabetic medicine
Do not use this medication if you are pregnant or if you suspect that you may be pregnant. It is also generally not advised to be taken while breastfeeding, as studies about whether it passes into breast milk are inconclusive.
Saxenda drug reactions
If you take any other medication, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, or herbal remedies, consult your doctor. Certain drugs react with Saxenda, and your doctor will have the most up-to-date information on which drugs to avoid.
Diabetes medications, including insulin, glyburide, exenatide, and dulaglutide, are known to interact with Saxenda. Consult your doctor if you take any of these medications or anything else for diabetes.
What is Saxenda®?
Saxenda® (liraglutide) injection 3 mg is an injectable prescription medicine that may help some adults with excess weight (BMI ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems or obesity (BMI ≥30) lose weight and keep the weight off. Saxenda® should be used with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.
- Saxenda® is not for the treatment of type 2 diabetes
- Saxenda® and Victoza® have the same active ingredient, liraglutide, and should not be used together
- Saxenda® should not be used with other GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines
- Saxenda® and insulin should not be used together
- It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight-loss products
- It is not known if Saxenda® changes your risk of heart problems or stroke or of death due to heart problems or stroke
- It is not known if Saxenda® can be used safely in people who have had pancreatitis
- It is not known if Saxenda® is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age. Saxenda® is not recommended for use in children
How Does Saxenda® Work?
Saxenda® addresses one of your body's natural responses to weight loss.
- Your body naturally produces an appetite hormone known as glucagon-like-peptide (GLP-1) that helps to regulate your hunger
- Saxenda® works like GLP-1 by regulating your appetite, which can lead to eating fewer calories and losing weight
- Saxenda® is NOT a stimulant
What is my BMI?
Your Body Mass Index (BMI) can be determined by inputting your height and weight using a BMI Calculator like the one found on the NHS website.
Can I Use Saxenda® If I have a Weight Related Condition?
Reducing your waistline isn’t the only impact of weight loss. Taking off weight and keeping it off may help improve conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Ask your health care provider about Saxenda®
Saxenda® is not indicated for the treatment of high blood pressure or high cholesterol. It is not known if Saxenda® changes your risk of heart problems or stroke or of death due to heart problems or stroke.
While you are at rest, Saxenda® can increase your heart rate. Tell your health care provider if you feel your heart racing or pounding in your chest and it lasts for several minutes while taking Saxenda®.
How Long Should I Use Saxenda® For?
Chronic conditions such as obesity often require longer treatments. Your treatment will begin and after 4 months you must have a review with your prescriber to see if you would need further treatment and if you should have your prescriptions renewed.
Where on my Body Should I Inject Saxenda®?
You should inject your dose under your skin (subcutaneous injection) in your stomach area (abdomen) upper leg (thigh) or upper arm. It is important to remember to rotate your injection sites regularly so that you are not injecting into the same area. Injecting into the same area can lead to a condition called lipohypertrophy, which is an accumulation of fat at the site where you have repeatedly injected. Do not inject into a vein or muscle.
What Is The Dosing Schedule For Saxenda®?
The starting dosage is 0.6 mg per day for 1 week. You should increase the dose each week until the dose of 3 mg is reached, as prescribed. The dosing schedule is designed to help minimize gastrointestinal side effects. If you start with a sample pen, you will need a prescription in order to complete the dose escalation.
Does Saxenda® Need to be Taken at a Specific Time?
Saxenda® can be taken at any time of day and it does not matter if you have had a meal or not. Once you start taking the medication, you should however try to take it daily at the same time.
How Do I Handle and Dispose of The Needle?
After you have completed your injection, carefully remove the needle from the pen. To avoid needlesticks, do not put the needle cap back on the needle. Place the needle in the sharps bin provided by Cloud Pharmacy with your order immediately to reduce the risk of needlesticks. Put the pen cap back on your pen after each use to protect Saxenda® from light. Do not throw away used needles in household trash or recycling bins.
How Long Does Each Pen Last?
Once you work your way up to the 3mg daily dose, each pen will lust 6-days.
How Should Saxenda® Be Stored?
Store new, unused Saxenda® pens in the refrigerator between 36°F and 46°F (2°C to 8°C). After first use, store in a refrigerator or at room temperature between 59°F and 86°F (15°C to 30°C). Pens in use should be thrown away after 30 days even if they still have Saxenda® left in them. Don’t freeze Saxenda®. Saxenda® that has been frozen must not be used.
Who Should Not Take Saxenda®?
Do NOT use Saxenda® If:
- You or any of your family have a history of MTC
- You have MEN 2. This is a disease where people have tumors in more than one gland in their body
- You are allergic to liraglutide or any of the ingredients in Saxenda®. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, fainting or feeling dizzy, very rapid heartbeat, problems breathing or swallowing, and severe rash or itching
Talk with your health care provider if you are not sure if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Saxenda® may harm your unborn baby
Before taking Saxenda®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions.
Can I Use The Same Needle More Than One Time?
No, you should never use the needle more than once. You should use a needle every time you take a new dose. Using the same needle can lead to increased risk of infection and pain. After each use, the needle becomes more and more blunt, meaning injecting more than once can cause injury to the area which you are injecting.
When I Order Saxenda® Am I Provided With Needles and Sharps Disposal?
Yes, if you do decide to choose this treatment, we will provide you with the correct amount of needles and sharps bin with your order.
Saxenda® and Victoza® have the same active ingredient, liraglutide, and should not be used together or with other GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines.